Help is on the Way to Fix Popular Southern Iowa Lake
ALBIA – Lake Miami will take its first step towards becoming an excellent fishery again when the lake level is lowered six feet in August to eliminate the unbalanced fish population causing water quality problems and poor fishing.
Restocking efforts will begin in fall 2013 and continue into 2014.
“By 2016, we will have quality fishing for bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass, and channel catfish,” said Mark Flammang, fisheries biologist with the Iowa DNR.
The fish renovation is one part of an overall lake restoration that will occur in phases as the funding becomes available. The lake restoration plan will be discussed at a public meeting at 6:30 p.m., Aug. 12, in the Monroe County Nature Center at Lake Miami Park.
The Iowa DNR will partner with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District and Monroe County Conservation Board to identify sources delivering sediment to the lake from private and public land, and carry out a plan to reduce it.
“Ultimately, when all sources of poor water quality are addressed, anglers and park users will find a much improved Lake Miami,” Flammang said.
The 122-acre lake seven miles northwest of Albia has a strong history as an excellent crappie fishing lake, but has declined dramatically as the water quality problems increased.
Lake Miami is part of Lake Miami Park that is run by the Monroe County Conservation Board and offers camping, cabin rental, hiking trails and more. The park will remain open while the renovation is underway.